Oh man, do I love me some rolling roads – especially in the southwest. About two hours into our trip from Vegas to Death Valley, Matt Kloskowski and I spotted a bank of very eerie clouds. We parked alongside this road and Matt went to town shooting them. While I didn’t see much in them, Matt did walk away with a killer shot and while he was off doing his thing, I immediately noticed this road.

I think a lot of people can empathize with capturing these types of roads as they chase into the backdrop of gorgeous landscapes. I was thankful that my Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens was already mounted  because I think it’s the lens compression that really makes this shot pop.

In any case, after about 10 minutes of shooting, our hands were sufficiently frozen and we jumped back in the car, bounding for our next stop.

In terms of processing

All effects were applied in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I applied Kryptonite while masking Moulin Rouge on the road, Thermopylae on the desert, and a custom Color Enhancer on the yellow lane dividers.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3.

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